A term that probably originated as an American slang word in the mid-19th century
, a “square meal” traditionally refers to a satisfying, balanced meal with a proper variety of foods. According to its nutritional definition, a square meal includes meat, potatoes, vegetables, and bread. But now that food composition is being revised to reflect many families’ healthful eating practices. Today, more vegetables, fruit, and whole grains are filling plates (or bowls) to make a typical family “square meal.” To read the Allrecipes Measuring Cup Trend Report outlining this insight and seven others about healthful eating, click here.



— Posted by Judith H. Dern
Senior Communications Manager